Freshman forward Erika Gobielle scored the first of two goals just two minutes apart to start the second half as St. Lawrence University's women's soccer team rolled to a 5-0 win over Simmons College in the opening game of the Wellesley Invitational on Saturday.
The Saints led 1-0 early in the game when sophomore Stephanie Sayward set up junior forward Marcelle Justison's first goal of the season at 14:11, but couldn't add to the lead despite a 13-0 edge in shots in the first half.
"I was very impressed with how hard we came out today," said coach Franco Bari. "We did a good job of setting the tone early and creating dangerous scoring opportunities, and then we came out in the second half just as hard. We pushed forward well and the players did a good job of moving off the ball to set up our scoring chances. Defensively we were very solid. Both goalies Andrea and Abby did a good job in preserving the shutout."
Gobielle took care of that, scoring her second of the season from Justison 1:37 into the second half and then Sayward scored from Justison exactly two minutes later to make it a 3-0 game. Freshman Julia Friesen scored her first collegiate goal from classmate Anna Kowalczyk with 9:07 to play in the game and the statistics show the Saints scoring only four seconds to make it a 5-0 game when sophomore Lou Lou Wheeler scored her first collegiate goal from Katherine Polido.
Abby van Geldern needed just one save to record her third shutout of the season for the 3-1 Saints while Ashley Donaghy had seven saves for Simmons. SLU had a 22-2 overall advantage in shots on goal while each team had two corner kicks in the game.
The Saints will play Wellesley in their second game of the tournament on Sunday.